Ajax Amsterdam are counting on their youth and history to reach the final of the Champions League for the first time since 1996, when Tottenham hosts on Wednesday in the semi-final.
Ajax had a good first-half lead by Donnie van de Beck.
Of the 17 out of 17 matches in the last four, only one team managed to turn the tables and reach the final. Ajax was in the 1995-1996 season when he lost 1-0 to Panathinaikos before winning a 3-0 win at home. Zero on his way to face Juventus, who stripped the Dutch of the title by winning them on penalties.
And deserved Ajax to be in this position, after achieving the third victory Tualia outside the rules, the first with a resounding effect on Real Madrid, the champion of the last three seasons 4-1 in the second leg at home 2-1, and the second 2-1 on Juventus after Tied back in Amsterdam 1-1.
But the London side will not let this historic opportunity slip out of their hands as easily as their coach, Mauricio Buccetino, who seemed confident of his team’s ability to win the title match at the Anda Metropolitano of Atletico Madrid on June 1.
Tottenham have entered the Johan Cruyff Arena for three consecutive defeats, the most recent Saturday in the league against Bournemouth (zero -1), which deprived him of his qualification for the Champions League next season before the stage on the end of the season (occupies the fourth place last qualification To the competition three points away from their fifth Arsenal neighbors with the advantage of 8+ goals).
But before thinking of his last game in the Premier League against Everton, the men will be fully focused on the task ahead of them on Wednesday in Amsterdam, where they will try to lead Spurs to their first continental final since 1984 when the club won their second European Cup title and third continental championship. He also scored the Cup Cup in 1963).
“There are two final matches against Ajax and Everton, and we are ordered to be in a good position at the end of the season,” said Bukitino, who returns on Wednesday to Korea’s Sun Hyung-min after failing to go because of the suspension.
“No one believes that we will be here in the last week of the competition,” he said, adding: “We are in a position where we are going to have to be in the final (the Champions League). Linked to the presence of the top four (in the Premier League). “
“It’s a big week, and that’s why we have to move forward (after losing Saturday in the league), to try to recover as soon as possible and to be ready again,” said the Argentinian, who is in the last few minutes of the season. Regardless of what happens. “
At the home of coach Eric Tin Hague, things look brighter than Tottenham, with Ajax having a very high spirits after Sunday’s national cup trophy victory over Willem Tilburg with a clean four-pointer, including veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Ever since his home draw against Juventus in the quarter-finals, Ajax has been victorious from all six matches in all competitions, and he has not suffered defeat since 17 March, when he fell to Alkmaar 1-0, The 17 continental games he played this season were in the final round of the final against Real Madrid.
Ajax, who lead the league with a goal difference from Eindhoven before two stages at the end of the season, achieved an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Champions League, reaching the semi-finals after exceeding three preliminary stages.
Ajax hope to continue the adventure and reach the final led by a wonderful generation of young players such as captain Matthias De Leicht, Serbian midfielder Dushan Tadic, Moroccan Hakim Ziash, Franck de Jong and Dali Blind, who hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father Danny, who won with Ajax all continental titles, (1995), the Cup of Cups (1987), the Confederations Cup (1992) and the Super Cup (1995), as well as the Intercontinental Cup (1995), the League (5 times) and the Cup (4 times).